Water & Sanitation

[Story] Success Story: Breaking down barriers

The Curatio International Foundation engages health providers, academics, and policymakers to overcome resilient challenges in the Republic of Georgia.

Manana Khotchava, a pediatrician in Georgia, shakes her head sadly when asked about the problem of diarrheal disease in her country.

[Story] Success Story: New sanitation habits in Madagascar

Dispelling myths saves lives of children and their families.

For generations of Madagascans, the prospect of using a latrine meant confronting superstitions and changing traditions—not an easy task. When children learn from an early age that squatting over a pit can induce a miscarriage or that excrement does not belong in the same ground that holds their deceased family members, education to dispel these myths is just as important as the actual latrines themselves.

[Story] Success Story: Clean water, better school attendance

If you give students clean water, the entire community benefits in this Malawi community.

The negative consequences of contaminated water extend far beyond health issues such as diarrheal disease. For example, in Malawi, contaminated drinking water and the diarrheal disease it causes led to children missing many days of school.

[Story] Success Story: Songs keep kids healthy

Spreading healthy behaviors through simple songs that can be shared with families improves the health of the entire community.1

Maintaining good hygiene is a very serious issue in Tanzania, where cholera and diarrheal diseases frequently keep kids sick and away from school. However, school attendance has risen at Kisaki Primary School in Singida because the children are learning about good hygiene through song and sharing these songs with their families.

[Story] Success Story: A coordinated approach to fighting diarrhea in Nicaragua

More than a million doses of rotavirus vaccine help the country control a severe diarrheal disease outbreak.

When an outbreak of rotavirus nearly crippled Nicaragua’s health system six years ago, several Ministry of Health (MOH) departments formed a dedicated alliance to reduce the burden of diarrheal disease, including a unique team of experts on hygiene, epidemiology, nutrition, and child health.

[Story] Success Story: Zinc treatments and water disinfection for India’s poorest

Water disinfection products remove contaminants and save lives

In India, 25 percent of annual deaths caused by diarrheal disease occur in Uttar Pradesh, one of the country’s most populous and impoverished states. One of the main causes of diarrhea is the lack of clean drinking water.